Ugandan Government Refinery Project

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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Ugandan State / Private Partners
  • Website:
  • Location: Kabale in Hoima, Uganda
  • Capacity: 3.0 million tons/annum & 60,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Feasibility (Dec 2009)
  • Expected Completion: 2018

The Project

  • Project Type: Greenfield Refinery
  • Project Summary: The refinery will be built in phases, first 20,000 bpd, then expanded to 60,000 bpd
  • Main Contractors
    • Foster Wheeler undertook a feasibility study

Refining Units

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Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The project will use Ugandan sweet, waxy crude which has low sulphur under 0.5 percent per weight

Products Produced

  • The refinery will produce mainly gasoline & middle distillates


  • 2010 - Foster Wheeler awarded feasibility study
  • 2011 - Budget but aside for project
  • 2015 - Consortium led by Rostec won the tender

Other Information

  • The nature of the local crude production and the location far from any port, means that Uganda needs to build a refinery to fully exploit its crude oil production.
  • The crude produced is waxy, and needs a heated pipeline to stop it freezing.

Relevant Links

  1. Foster Wheeler Wins Oil Refinery Feasibility Study in Uganda
  2. Uganda: Shs14.7billion Allocated Towards in-Country Refinery
  3. Eversheds advises Government of Uganda on first oil refinery
  4. Rostec won the tender for construction of the first Uganda refinery
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